Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
All A Woman Wants
Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Class/Genre: Romance Historical
Signet, Jun 2001, $6.99, 372 pp.
American Lachlan McTavish arrives in London on business, but looks forward to also seeing his younger sister, a local resident married to a viscount. Lachlan has not heard from Marilee in about eight years, but is stunned to learn Lady Simmons, as the servant call his sibling, has been dead for almost a year. Even more shocking is that her children are neglected and abused, and her husband is a twenty-four hour drunk. Unable to idly ignore what is happening to his nephews, Lachlan abducts the two kids.
Beatrice Cavendish quickly learns she has no experience or training in managing the family estate that she recently inherited with the death of her father. Worse yet, her father left the estate in near bankruptcy. Mac arrives seeking Nanny Marrow to help him with two children in town, only to learn she died just last week. However, he and Bea strike a deal. He teaches her how to run an estate and she insures the children receive proper nurturing. Neither one expected to fall in love with one another and his nephews to blossom, but it explodes amidst all four of them.
ALL A WOMAN WANTS is an entertaining nineteenth century romance that showcases the talent of Patricia Rice. The story line is poignant as it highlights the impact of neglect on several levels (not just the children) and quite amusing especially with the interaction between the key cast members. This ultra-talented authorís novels are not just a steamy bowl of rice; her works are a gourmet delight.
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